Monday, June 25, 2018
Another Fabulous Fethard Festival Fun Day
To everyone’s delight, the weather held out on Sunday last, June 17, to enabled another ‘Fabulous Festival’ by Fethard’s medieval Town Wall. Despite the threatening dark clouds of early morning, children in fancy dress gathered at Fethard Ballroom and by 1.30pm the dark clouds slowly passed over leaving bright balmy weather with sunshine breaking through, highlighting the variety of colourful outfits ready for the annual parade.
The traditional Fethard Fancy Dress Parade, which first began in 1926, commenced with the assembly of Banna Chluain Meala on the Convent Bridge, followed by their majorettes’ colourful display as they began their musical march up Main Street and on to The Square where they turned left to lead the parade to the waiting crowds already assembled by the Town Wall. Although the initial crowd appeared smaller than last year, it fast replenished as the late-comers arrived in time for the tremendous display and performance by Banna Chluain Meala by Fethard’s Town Wall, as the judging of the Fancy Dress took place.
Fethard Festival committee are again indebted to the generosity of the Magnier Family at Coolmore, which enables the family fun day offer free entertainment throughout the day with additional vouchers for free burgers and ice cream to all the local primary schools in the vicinity of Fethard & Killusty parish. This is a tremendous boast to the crowds attending the festival and a great relief to the deep pockets of parents and carers who usually bring children along to similar events. The organising committee and Fethard parish express their sincere thanks to the Magnier family for their continued support to local community events and projects.
Following a slight delay as a faulty generator was promptly replaced, the scenic festival site was buzzing with activity as children queued to sample the array of amusements on offer. Others browsed the variety of food and craft stalls available. Fethard Rugby Club manned their usual comprehensive family food stall where family members could sit down and relax and enjoy the music of local group ’The Sheehans’ throughout the afternoon.
Pat Culligan and Catherine Newport hosted their very popular annual Dog Show on the left bank of the Clashawley while others watched the ‘Duck Race’ slowly make their way to the finish line, under the keen guidance of Niall Higgins and Liam O’Sullivan. The winners of the Duck Race were: 1st Prize €50 to Tom Simpson, Crohane, Killenaule; 2nd Prize €30 to April Griffin, Rathdrum, Fethard; and 3rd Prize €20 to Maura Maher, River Street, Killenaule.
Overall it was another fantastic ‘Fethard Festival’ and ‘Family Fun Day’ for locals, visitors and many who travelled from various worldwide destinations to be back in their native town for this year’s event.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard children go ‘Strictly’ for local school
The organisers would like to thank the many sponsors that helped by sponsoring the event, including Coolmore Stud; Christy’s Collectors Market; RibWorld; AIB Fethard; Fethard Oil; Owen Walsh’s Buses; Manton Solicitors; The Beauty Room, Michael Coen M.C. Garden Maintenance; Trish O’Mahoney, Clonmel; Fethard Credit Union; Richard Hayes Carpentry Services; Sean O’Donovan Transport; Malachy Brett Plumbing & Heating Contractor; Dr. Molly Owens, and all who donated spot prizes for the event.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Please note that the annual pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place this year on Sunday, August 12. Please take note of the date and spread the word.
‘Comedy Capers’ starting this week
The final performance wiill take place in the beautiful setting of Crocanoir, Mullinahone, on Sunday, June 24, booking 086 8907329.
The experienced cast includes Brian Clancy, Noel Clancy, Holly Jean Williamson and Debbie Duggan. In the first one-act comedy, ‘Peas’, Daisy (Debbie Duggan) and Gerry (Brian Clancy) meet for the first time when they join a dating agency. Complete opposites who definitely do not hit it off but what happens when a football wag meets a Dublin 4 actor?
In the second one-act comedy, ‘The extraordinary revelations of Orka the Goldfish’, Alice (Holly Jean Williamson) and Henry (Noel Clancy) who met in their teens, are now married for 10 years and have hit an all time low. The humdrum lifestyle cause Henry to daydream so much that he becomes a different characters, as does Alice. His daydreams – reality to him –have a strange effect on his surroundings, including the Goldfish who sees all!
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 20. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The next draw takes place on Friday, June 22, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000.
The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
Killusty Show 56 years old on Saturday, July 7
With 101 classes on the schedule this year, for which planning began immediately following the completion of last year’s show, there is a class for every type of pony, horse and rider – In-hand, broodmare, Mountain and Moorland, Connemara, Coloured, Cob, Show Pony, Show Hunter, Working Hunter, Performance Working Hunter, Performance jumping, and Associate Horse Classes are all on the list. Covering all ages from tiny tots to adults, everyone is catered for.
This year we are returning to Killusty’s original intention, to promote in-hand ponies, and as an added incentive to exhibitors in the young stock classes, €500 will be added to the prize fund in these classes.
New to Killusty show are, equitation classes and a young handler class, in which the participant is judged, not the pony. If you don’t have a pony, there is a very popular Dog Show with 12 classes. If you don’t have a dog, the Fancy Dress may be the competition for you!
Also new this year, to promote the Performance Working Hunter Pony, Clonmel Show, which takes place on July 1, and Killusty Pony Show, have teamed up to fund a €150 Championship. The Champion and Reserve Champion from Clonmel Show and Killusty Show will compete again in Killusty to decide the winner.
Over the past 56 years, the committee have ploughed any surplus back into the show so that now, all equipment, rings, jumps and marquees are the property of the Show. All stewards and staff volunteer their services. It is truly a local effort, which makes Killusty Pony Show so special.
Throughout the history of the Show, our sponsors have been extremely generous and without them we would not exist. In return, they are welcomed to lunch on Show Day as an acknowledgement of our gratitude, which is widely praised. We receive no grants or other incentives and greatly appreciate the IPS insurance, without which we could not go ahead.
If you haven’t been to Killusty before, make a date to attend this year’s event on Saturday, July 7. There is no charge at the gate on entry, but a donation would help defray expenses. Entries cost €10 per class before June 29, or €15 on show day. Non-IPS members must purchase day insurance (€5 per owner/rider) if they intend to compete.
Those who attend may see the next HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) or RDS Champion making a debut at Killusty, as have many before. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade August 21, 1988, assorted photographs taken during the 'Street Festival' and judging at St. Patrick's Place – 30 Years Ago
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